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Tropical Storm Dianmu Approaches Japan After Killing 5 in Korea

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued warnings for heavy rain, high waves, storm surges and landslides as Tropical Storm Dianmu approached the country’s north after leaving five dead in South Korea.

Sustained winds slowed to 83 kilometers (52 miles) per hour as Dianmu left the Korean peninsula and began tracking through the Sea of Japan toward the main island of Honshu, the agency said in a bulletin at 8 a.m. Tokyo time. The storm is forecast to make landfall close to Akita city in northern Japan later today, the bulletin said.

Dianmu is expected to cross northern Honshu and skirt the southern coast of the island of Hokkaido by tomorrow, according to the agency. Warnings for high waves and storm surges are in place for coastal areas of Honshu and for heavy rain and landslides in Hokkaido, the agency said.

In South Korea, five people were killed in the storm, the National Emergency Management Agency said on its website.

Dianmu is the goddess who commands thunder and lightning in Chinese mythology, according to the website of the Hong Kong Observatory, which lists names assigned to cyclones in the South China Sea and northwestern Pacific.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stuart Biggs in Tokyo at sbiggs3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net.

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